Cards offer sleeper athlete from Louisiana

The University of Louisville football program became the first BCS team to offer a sleeper athlete from Louisiana - Isaiah Johnson - this week. Cardinal Authority checks in with Johnson.

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino is known for finding sleeper talent.

Seven of the players in Petrino's first recruiting class in his first stint at U of L made it to the NFL and only one was ranked as a four-star or better by

Petrino and staff are back trying to find some hidden talent for the Cardinals again and this week offensive coordinator Garrick McGee stopped in Louisiana for one of those prospects.

Wide receiver/defensive back Isaiah Johnson, who attended Louisiana power Evangel Christian, said McGee was at his school and told him that he has a scholarship offer. It's the first offer for the 6-foot, 175-pound Johnson.

"He said they watched my film and could tell I was a great player," Johnson said. "He offered me and told me to keep in touch with them.

"It feels great to have my first offer, especially from a program like Louisville.

Johnson has also been hearing from Penn State, Mississippi, McNeese State and Nichols State along with several other smaller schools.

But he noted because they were his first offer the Cardinals will "always be up there for me," noting he's not even thinking about making any kind of decisions on his future.

Johnson said he's not sure what position he will play in college, noting he played more wide receiver last season but will likely play more cornerback this season for Evangel.

Cardinal Authority will keep you posted on the recruitment of Johnson.

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